Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: Ancient Maya calligraphy, the subject of exciting breakthroughs in decipherment, is revealed here to be among the finest and most beautiful in the world. This richly illustrated volume by two renowned experts is the first to make full use of the latest research and the first to explore the privileged lives of the Maya scribes and their distinctive artistic achievements.Michael D. Coe vividly portrays the world of the artist-calligraphers, who were both men and women. He decodes their depiction in Maya art and describes the mediums in which they worked, their tools, and techniques. Their masterpieces, painted or carved on stone, stucco, wood, shell, bone, in screenfold books, and on magnificent ceramic vessels, are reproduced in superb photographs, many taken by Justin Kerr with his innovative rollout camera that captures images from cylindrical surfaces with perfect clarity. Buchnummer des Verkäufers
Inhaltsangabe: 240 pp. & 280 illus. (117 in color), 1 map, folio.
From Publishers Weekly: Gorgeously illustrated and relating a fascinating linguistic tale, this look at the art of classic Maya scribes by anthropologist Coe and photographer Kerr includes the latest research into the deciphering of this mysterious writing. Maya scribes were both men and women, the authors write, and were much appreciated in a world where literature, art and mathematics had achieved unusual heights. The Classic Maya period lasted from about A.D. 250 until about A.D. 900, and its cities included Palenque in Mexico, Tikal in Guatemala and Copan in Honduras. Although the Olmecs in Mexico were the first in the hemisphere to have writing, the Maya, according to the authors, were "the only pre-conquest people in the New World to have a writing system sophisticated enough to express anything that was in their language." Maya writing, carved on stones such as jade, traced on pottery or painted on walls, deals almost exclusively with historical events--notably the constant wars waged between the city-states. Mythical characters appear, but mostly as part of paintings that represent actual historical figures, their places in the rich dreamworld of the Maya as well as where they rank in the pecking order of their cities indicated by fantastic headdresses. The authors mostly manage to keep the discussion accessible to the lay reader, but occasionally they do veer off into territory where only linguists would feel at home. Generally, the explanations are clear and compelling and the concrete examples of how Maya language developed and was rendered into art by scribes will shed light not only on language but on history and culture.
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Buchbeschreibung Harry N. Abrams, 1998. Hardcover. Buchzustand: Used: Very Good. Buchnummer des Verkäufers SONG0810919885
Buchbeschreibung Harry N Abrams, New York, 1998. Hardcover. Buchzustand: Near Fine. Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Very Good. Gorgeous art book showcasing the work of Mayan scribes. With 280 illustrations including 117 full colour plates. Copy is in near fine condition. No wear to the red cloth boards and a clean, unmarked interior. Unclipped dust jacket is in very good+ condition. Only blemishes are some minor instances of wear to the corners. This book is quite large and heavy and will require additional shipping charges. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 001374
Buchbeschreibung Buchzustand: VeryGood. Shows signs of typical ownership; clean, unmarked page block; some obvious, but superficial wear to cover and extremities. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 36SEQU0005AI
Buchbeschreibung Buchzustand: Good. Book Condition: Good. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 97808109198844.0
Buchbeschreibung Harry N. Abrams, New York, 1998. Hard Cover. Buchzustand: Fine. Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Near Fine. Kerr, Justin (photos) (illustrator). 1st American Edition. 240pp.incl.index; HB brick w/gilt; fine condition w/clean,tight pgs. DJ blk.w/beige; slight rub. "Written and photographed by two renowned experts in the field, this richly illustrated volume explores the privileged world of the Maya scribes and their distinctive artistic achievements." 280 illus.,117 in full color Size: Folio - over 12" - 15" tall. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 021618
Buchbeschreibung Harry N Abrams, New York, 1998. Hardcover. Buchzustand: Fine. Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Near Fine. 1st Edition. 240 pages with 148 maps, figures, illustrations, 117 color plates, index and bibliography. Folio (13" x 10") bound in original publisher's red cloth with gilt lettering to spine in pictorial jacket. Photographs by Justin Kerr. First edition. Michael Coe begins by examining the origins and character of the script. He then explores the world of the scribes and "keepers of the holy books," decoding their depiction in Maya and describing the mediums in which they worked, their tools and techniques. The artist-calligraphers-both men and women-held such high status in Classic Maya society (AD 250-900) that they lived in their own palaces and worshiped their own patron gods. They painted or carved on stone, stucco, wood, shell, bone and in screen fold books, and, most strikingly of all, on magnificent ceramic vessels used as offerings to the dead or to gods. Their masterpieces are reproduced her in remarkable photographs by Justin Kerr, many taken with his innovative roll-out camera that captures images from cylindrical surfaces with perfect clarity. This richly illustrated volume by two renowned experts is the first to make full use of the latest research and the first to explore the privileged lives of the Maya scribes and their distinctive artistic achievements. Condition: Very good to fine in a near fine jacket. Buchnummer des Verkäufers A2035
Buchbeschreibung Harry N. Abrams 1998-02-01, 1998. Hardcover. Buchzustand: good. 0810919885. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 504057
Buchbeschreibung Harry N. Abrams, 1998. Hardcover with dustjacket, pages, very good condition; pages 169-172 heavily ruffled along right edge; otherwise as new; clean and crisp; no internal marks. Foreign shipping may be extra. Buchnummer des Verkäufers ThCoHa65
Buchbeschreibung Harry N. Abrams, 1998. Hardcover. Buchzustand: Very Good. Buchnummer des Verkäufers P020810919885
Buchbeschreibung Harry N. Abrams, 1998. Hardcover. Buchzustand: Like New. Buchnummer des Verkäufers P010810919885